Questions 651: He Said, Historically

Roland asks: “Can you elaborate on changes in conversational style and dialog tags then (1960s and earlier) vs. now? Are these changes linear or cyclical?”

Resources Mentioned
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E Howard
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine by Victor Appleton II
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Every Day Novelist Deep Characterization Series
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Reave the Just by Stephen R. Donaldson
Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

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Questions 650: Taste as Characterization

Ian asks: “Some stories use taste as characterization, but sometimes it falls flat. How can one use it well?”

In the Line of Fire
James Bond series by Ian Flemming
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
The Diamond Smugglers by Ian Flemming
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
Emma by Jane Austin
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Crudrat by Gail Carriger
Marine Biology by Gail Carriger
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Man in the Rain by J. Daniel Sawyer

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Questions 649: Writers and Bipolar

Alli asks: “Some of my most productive creative periods happened during a manic bipolar phase. Now that I’m stable, how can I get my mojo back?”

The Secret Life of the Mannic-Depressive
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Questions 647: Choosing Editors

Robert asks: “What should I look for when choosing an editor?”

Resources Mentioned:
Astounding Science Fiction Anthology, edited by John Campbell
Best of Amazing Stories, edited by Hugo Gernsback
Who Goes There by John Campbell
Writing to Sell by Scott Merideth
Basic Instinct
Jade
Jagged Edge
Showgirls
The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood

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Questions 646: Writing Believable Geniuses

Sara asks: “How do you write believable geniuses?”

Resources Mentioned
Smartest Man in the World
The Librarians
Eureka
Leverage
Stargate, film and tv series
The Absent Minded Professor
Sherlock
House, M.D.
Big Bang Theory
Independence Day
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Zootopia DMV scene
Democracy in America by Alexis D’Toqueville
The Rights of Man  by Thomas Paine
The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
Welcome to Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut
Forest Gump by Winston Groom
Gump & Co. by Winston Groom
Forest Gump movie
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Collative Learning: Analysis of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs

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Questions 645: Basic Steps to Publishing

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Mark asks: “What are the basic steps involved in publishing my own books?”

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Resources Mentioned
How to Succeed in Evil by Patrick McLean
Draft2Digital
PublishDrive
Smashwords
Gumroad
Subscribestar
Making Tracks: A Writer’s Guide to Audiobooks and How to Produce Them by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Creative Penn
Gail Carriger
Lawrence Block newsletter
JA Konrath
Scott Sigler
Marie Force

Questions 644: Copyright, ISBN, and IP

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Ian asks: “Do we need to register copyrights to defend our IP in court? Does buying ISBN numbers have any bearing?”

Resources Mentioned
The Copyright Handbook by Stephen Fishman, J.D.

Questions 643: Creating Genre

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Robert asks: “Are new genres created by innovative authors, marketing, social trends, or something else?”

Resources Mentioned:
Nancy Drew
The Hardy Boys
The Secret of the Stratemeyer Syndicate
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
Tom Swift Jr.
Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein